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Phillies' interest in LHP Eric O'Flaherty goes nowhere

The Phillies were checking on free agent lefty Eric O'Flaherty, of the Braves' 2011 unholy back of the bullpen trinity.

The 28-year-old O'Flaherty has appeared in 373 games in his career with the Mariners and Braves, and accumulated a mere 2.85 ERA, 143 ERA+, and 1.243 WHIP, along with 6.0 WAR. 3.3 of that WAR was in 2011 alone, leading to a pay increase from $895,000 to over $2 million. Last season, he missed time with a torn UCL in his throwing elbow, but since 2012, he has thrown in 84 games witha 2.12 ERA.

Even coming off an injury, he would be a valuable commodity, being left-handed and also throwing a nasty sinker that hits in the low 90s. Also in the quiet fray were the Nationals and Dodgers, but it seems as though O'Flaherty will re-up with the Braves, keeping their young, dominant bullpen nice and young and dominant for at least another year.

As of now, the Phillies' left-handed relievers on the 40-man roster are Antonio Bastardo, Jake Diekman, Jeremy Horst, and Joe Savery. Still on the free agent market are J.P. Howell, Boone Logan, Matt Thornton, Clayton Richard, and several others.